Monday, January 28, 2008

Complaints choir can't complain - in Singapore

A choir of foreigners living in Singapore wasn't allowed to perform after the city banned them from singing. Their song lists complaints about life in Singapore.

Some of the complaints that would have been sung included, "when a pregnant lady gets on the train, everyone pretends to sleep" and "when I'm hungry at the food court, I see people (reserve) seats with tissue paper."

Singapore, which faces a low birth rate and a graying population, has turned increasingly to immigrants to boost its work force. It aims to add another 2 million people to the island's 4.7 million people over the next 40 to 50 years.

The city-state is frequently criticized by human rights groups for its restrictions on expression and the media.

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